Here are some top picks for spending a spectacular weekend in Denver, Dec. 16-18, 2016. In the mood for music? Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will be performing on Friday and Saturday. If you’re looking for something more holiday-related and family-friendly, the Colorado Symphony and Chorus will be performing Handel’s “Messiah,” and this weekend is also your last chance to see “Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol.” It almost goes without saying that the Denver Broncos will be playing the New England Patriots on Sunday. If you don’t have tickets to the game, there are plenty of great places to view it at various bars and breweries in downtown and the River North Art District (RiNo).


Museum Exhibitions

Star WarsTM and the Power of Costume

Extreme Mammals

Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs

Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea

Awkward Family Photos


Lights Extravaganzas

Blossoms of Light

Zoo Lights

Trail of Lights


Colorado Symphony and ChorusPerforming Arts

‘Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol’ (Friday and Saturday, last chance)

‘A Christmas Carol’

‘The SantaLand Diaries’ (adult language)

‘The Nutcracker’

‘Hand to God’ (Friday and Saturday)

‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical’

‘Joaquin’s Christmas’

PAW Patrol Live!’



Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (Friday and Saturday)

Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Holiday Brass

Face (Saturday)



Myq Kaplan


Holiday Fun

The Polar Express TrainTM Ride

Santa's Flight Academy

Santa Meet & Greet

Breakfast With Santa (Saturday and Sunday, reservations required at Downtown Aquarium)

Santa at Larimer Square


Outdoor Fun

Denver Pavilions Holiday Carousel

Southwest Rink at Skyline Park



Denver Christkindl Market

The Denver Handmade Holiday Market (Friday and Saturday)

Also, check out our Holiday Shopping page for other great options.



Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots (Sunday)

Colorado Avalanche vs. Florida Panthers (Friday)

Denver Nuggets vs. New York Knicks (Saturday)


For more activities, see the Denver 365 Event Calendar.